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State Land Sale Hangs in Doubt

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead gives a keynote speech during the 2013 Wyoming Press Association winter convention in Cheyenne. (Dustin Bleizeffer/WyoFile ? click to enlarge)

It now appears that the remainder of the sale of state land inside Grand Teton National Park to the federal government may not take place.  That is what Governor Matt Mead told members of the Wyoming Press Association at their luncheon meeting in Cheyenne Friday.  Mead told the group that the state is still looking at options other than a cash payment, and his staff had met with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell about the issue in December. Mead says he still believes that it is important if the state can have the parcels that are state-owned, put into the ownership of the park service.  However, he quickly adds, “We’re not going to do it unless the state gets full value, and we’re not going to agree to a plan that is sort of ten years away or 15 years away.” The two parcels on which the federal government has not yet closed involve a 640-acre section appraised at $45 million on Antelope Flats, and a fourth and final parcel: 640 acres with an appraised value of $46 million located along the Gros Ventre Road adjacent to the east park boundary.

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